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Aug 27, 2014
David Platt was elected president of the Southern Baptist International Mission Board Aug. 27 by board trustees. Platt, 36, pastor of The Church at Brook Hills in Birmingham, Ala., will take office effective immediately as president of the 169-year-old organization, the largest denominational missionary-sending body among American evangelicals. He succeeds Tom Elliff, 70, who has served as IMB president since March 2011. Elliff asked the agency’s trustees earlier this year to begin an active search for his successor.
Aug 26, 2014
CAMP ECHO, W.Va. (FLBaptist)—More than 30 children in West Virginia enjoyed their summer just a little bit more and learned more about God and His love for them because of a group of five Baptist College of Florida (BCF) students.
For the past 20-plus years, Potomac Highland Baptist Association in West Virginia has hosted a summer camp for youngsters who have completed grades three through six. Because of financial constraints and other family challenges, many of these children might otherwise be unable to attend such an overnight camping experience.
Aug 26, 2014
The Bible assigns to humans the responsibility for having dominion over fish, fowl and every living thing that moves upon the earth (Gen. 1:28). We can easily discern God’s will for us as caretakers of the natural order. However, our assigned text concerns not humanity’s oversight of the creation, but Israel’s mandate to observe the Sabbath year (Lev. 25:4). To understand that divine mandate we will need to delve a little deeper into the background of the seventh day, seventh year and 50th year. We will conclude with a brief application to us as Christians.
Aug 26, 2014
Church historians affirm that more Christians experienced martyrdom in the 20th century than the previous 19 centuries of the Christian faith. The 21st century evidences harsh persecution by many Christians throughout the world in places like China, Iraq and Sudan. An ancient church leader referred to bloody persecution as the “seed of the church.” As the Roman Empire increased persecution of Christians, the church grew. Recently, a major British newspaper —The Daily Telegraph—reported that China might become the world’s most Christian nation within 15 years. The blood of the martyrs is becoming the seed of the growth of the church throughout the world. American Christians, in contrast, consider mere ridicule persecution.
Aug 25, 2014
THE PANHANDLE (FBW)—As part of the Bible Belt, the Panhandle of Florida has its fair share of churches. Many are successful, thriving bodies that are growing and making disciples.
Eighty churches have been planted in the region in the last 10 years, 49 of which are still active. And, yet, studies from Percept Group Demographics show that almost two-thirds of people who live between Tallahassee and Pensacola are not strongly involved in their faith or only somewhat involved.
Aug 24, 2014
JACKSONVILLE (FLBaptist)—Bob Bumgarner, lead strategist of the Church Health Group, will resign from the Florida Baptist Convention to assume a position as executive pastor of a Jacksonville church, effective Dec. 31.
However, the name of the church has not been released until its decision is made public.
Aug 21, 2014
LEESBURG (FLBaptist)—Working in the midst of a massive cleanup after severe flooding hit Pensacola, two Florida Baptist Disaster Relief volunteers, Cheryl King and Frank Sledjeski, found more than a ministry to homeowners; they discovered love and a new life partner.
“We were able to clean out three homes and minister to these families,” said King. “We were also able to get to know each other better. We knew our meeting was not by accident; it was ordained by God.”
Aug 20, 2014
CRESTVIEW (FLBaptist)—Working bivocationally at the local Starbucks in Crestview as he planted a new church, James Ross often invited co-worker Marisela Davis to Mosaic Church.
After four years of making unfulfilled promises, she came to Mosaic out of the blue, heard Ross proclaim the Gospel and left as a new creation in Christ.
Aug 20, 2014
Former pastor Robert Davis, 70, of Lake City died Monday, August 18, 2014 at Suwannee Valley Care Center (Haven Hospice) following a lengthy illness. Davis was a loving man who served Florida both in churches and the national guard for the greater part of his life, and was the pastor emeritus of First Baptist Church in Lake City, FL at the time of his passing.
Aug 19, 2014
LEESBURG (FLBaptist)—She was 8 years old when Ami Martinez first went to the Florida Baptist Migrant Children’s camp held annually at Lake Yale Baptist Conference Center. While there she made a decision that would change her life forever when she accepted Christ as her Lord and Savior.
She went back to camp every year until she was out of high school and took with her one of the most important lessons of her life. “I learned there that we all worship the same God, whether you were rich, poor, black or white, you worship the same God.”